is an art all on it's own and is enjoyed by countless die-hard anglers all year round - regardless of conditions - as well as those on their annual family holiday - just for something to do - it's easy at any age - perfectfor a bit of relaxation - or so it would appear to the non-anglers - the angler may look calm, still and relaxed - but they are alert - watching and waiting for the time to reel back in - much to the amazement of other beach goers - when in comes a fish big enough to feed four - "we've been swimming with THAT!!! - seems to be written on their face.
Beach Fishing in any Australian Waters is governed by specific State and/or Territory Laws and Licenses may be required - for current information please visit below Government Sites:
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries
Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries
Northern Territory Government
Western Australian Fisheries Department
South Australia Fisheries
Victorian Department of Primary Industries
Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries
In addition to this please also be aware of any signage on the beach - which may advise to catch limits as well as any out of bounds areas - as beaches can and are patrolled by government officials and fines can be given for not adhering to the rules.
To the non-angler - the beach is for the surf, the sand and the water - not for acknowledging there is "life under the water" - and for the angler it's all about catching that "life under the water" - so let's move on to the "life under the water"-
Common Types of fish that can be caught when Beach Fishing.
- Bream- Yellowfin Bream covers east coast of Australia to Victorian Border, Black Bream from Sydney NSW to north of Perth in Western Australia - found in the main surf zone, but more specific to edges of deep holes and gutters. Bait - as a scavenger fish - any bait will do - but show a preference to pipis (also known as cockle/ugari). Tackle - Light - Medium Rod, 6kg line, hook sizes 1 - 2/0, 45cm - 100cm trace, small ball sinker.
- Dart- located from Sydney, New South Wales to Perth, Western Australia - found in holes and gutters. Bait - will take a bite at any bait - even itself if on a hook - relatively small fish. Tackle - Light Rod - 4kg line, hook size - No 4 long shank hook, 30cm trace, ball sinker.
- Flathead- Dusky Flathead from north Queensland to Eastern Victoria, SandFlathead from northern New South Wales to Perth in Western Australia - located edges of gutters and deeper holes. Bait - varies from pilchards, pipis, (also known as cockle/ugari), prawns or worms.Tackle - Light - medium Rod, 4kg line, hook size - 2/0, 30cm trace, No. 12 swivel.
- Gummy Shark - from Newcastle, New South Wales to Shark Bay, Western Australia in the deeper areas of the surf zone. Bait - fish flesh, pilchards, pipis, squid. Tackle - Medium to Heavy Rod , 10 - 15kg line, hook sizes - 4/0 - 6/0
- Mullet- Yellow-eye Mullet - from the southern end of New South Walesto the middle of Western Australia behind the break and in edges of holes and gutters. Bait - beachworms, nippers, pipis, (also known as cockle/ugari), prawns or squidworms. Tackle - Light Rod - 2 - 4kg line, hook sizes - 8 - 10
- Mulloway (Jewfish) - from Brisbane in Queensland to Shark Bay in Western Australia - found in deep holes and gutters. Bait - Beachworms, fillets, Live bait. Tackle - for the smaller sized fish - Light - Medium Rod, 6kg line, hook sizes 1 - 2/0, 45cm - 100cm trace, small ball sinker - for large sized fish - increase hook size to 8/0 and line weight to 15kg.
- Salmon - 2 types - Eastern and Western - can be found in temperate waters around the whole coast of Australia - school fish staying close to rock headlands but also in reefs just offshore from the beach - where they will rest during bright sunlight and move to the gutters around dusk for feeding. Bait - beachworms, lures, pilchards, pipis, (also known as cockle/ugari), sardines, whitebait. Tackle - Medium Rod - 6kg line, hook sizes 1/0 - 4/0
- Tailor - found right around the coast of Australia - with the east coast having greater supply in the Autumn/Winter season, (March-August), within the white water of the surf as well as deep gutters and holes beneath the foam. Bait - Garfish, Mullet, Pike, Pilchards, Slimy Mackerel. Tackle - Medium Rod, 4- 8kg line, hook sizes 1/0 - 5/0
- Tarwhine - located in both east and west coasts of Australia in sub-tropical to temperate waters and are right in the heart of the Surf. Bait - pipis (also known as cockle/ugari), shellfish and worms. Tackle - Light - Medium Rod, 6kg line, hook sizes 1 - 2/0, 45cm - 100cm trace, small ball sinker.
- Trevally - Silver Trevally or Skippy is found around the southern Coastline fromRockhampton, Queensland to North West Cape, Western Australia - located near the headland on beaches or rocky reefs. Bait - Cockles, Pilchards, Prawns, White Bait. Tackle - Medium Rod - 6kg line, hook size - 1/0 to catch smaller sized trevally, increase line to 9kg with 4/0 hook for catching larger trevally.
- Whiting- in warmer months - can be found in any Australian Beach - will bite at any time of day, provides a real depth of struggling that far out weighs their size, extremely sweet tasting fish, located in edges of channels and shallows of the surf . Bait - beachworm, pipis(also known as cockle/ugari), squirtworms, nippers. Tackle - Light Rod, shanked hook sizes 2 - 4, 30cm trace, small swivel, small ball sinker - to allow bobbing in the surf as whiting are attracted to moving bait.